New HD-XA2 Owner Comments

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AmerArcamOwner

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I received my XA2 on Friday from Amazon along with the 3 HD-DVD's they offered. I sent out my rebate for the 5 HD-DVD's that Toshiba offered.

I went the Toshiba route after reading reviews and forums on its performance. But I must say the performance was even better than expected.

I had owned two Acram Universal players; the DV137 (died twice on me) and a DV139...which no longer recognizes SACD and DVD-Audio tracks so that is on its way back. Now these are not cheap players as they go for about $2,000.00 and $3,400.00 respectively but I have to say XA2 blew them away on standard DVD upconversion which I did not think was possible. My reference disc for standard DVD's is Ice Age 2. When I put that in I was blown away...an unbelievable picture.

I am now going all separates...the XA2 for video, a Marantz CD Player and a Pioneer Elite Universal for my SACD - DVD-Audio needs. I will also get a BluRay player this holiday season.

Am now a bachelor again, no more having to consolidate equipement.

I also watched the three HD-DVD movies I got from Amazon....300, Pitch Black and TMNT....the picture was so good it was scary....I have a 56" JVC HD-ILA 1080p and it has never looked so good.

I was going to wait for the third generation players but with the price on Amazon, $569.00 along with the 8 free movies I saw no reason too. Am glad I didn't, well worth it.
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garyscottmagic

Active Member
Does anybody know if this kind of offer, with this many movies will be available within the UK?

Best wishes
Gary
 

Dutch

Well-known Member
I'm pleased that you're so happy with the performance your XA2, and at $569 with 8 discs is a great bargain. Unfortunately we have to pay at least £430 ($860) for an equivalent XE1 with only 2 free discs (offer now ended) from Toshiba here in the UK. :(

Steve
 

kourosh

Distinguished Member
same story..........ripoff britton i think instead of being called UK they sould change the name to MUGS :D
 

LOXjet

Active Member
I had owned two Acram Universal players; the DV137 (died twice on me) and a DV139...which no longer recognizes SACD and DVD-Audio tracks so that is on its way back. Now these are not cheap players as they go for about $2,000.00 and $3,400.00 respectively but I have to say XA2 blew them away on standard DVD upconversion which I did not think was possible. My reference disc for standard DVD's is Ice Age 2. When I put that in I was blown away...an unbelievable picture.
I caught one of your threads in the Arcam forum, such a shame you had a bad experience with the 137 & 139 as I absolutely swear by them (owned both).

Saying that, I agree the XE1 (XA2) is an amazing player for the price and more than holds it's own against them in terms of SD playback.

Welcome to the HD DVD club, I hope you enjoy the experience :)
 
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AmerArcamOwner

Guest
I caught one of your threads in the Arcam forum, such a shame you had a bad experience with the 137 & 139 as I absolutely swear by them (owned both).

Saying that, I agree the XE1 (XA2) is an amazing player for the price and more than holds it's own against them in terms of SD playback.

Welcome to the HD DVD club, I hope you enjoy the experience :)

Thank You....and no one is more sorrier than me about the 137 and 139. My first foray into high end audio and it just doesn't seem to be working out. I still have the 139. I love the sound...it is amazing. My dealer has been swamped and we will work things out this week. Is it written in stone that I will send it back...no....but it will take some convincing on his and Arcam's part to change my mind. I just want something that is going to work when I turn it on...and I want it to last. I never thought I was unlucky...but to get three bad units in a row....I don't know....oh well...what will be will be...
 

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